“When I play somebody gay, I never think of it as “I’m playing a gay character””, Philip Seymour Hoffman told Michael Musto back in 2005. “It’s interesting to play all the different aspects of the character. There’s something else about the character that’s pulling me there that I identify with”.
Boogie Nights (1997)
As Hoffman said of his character, boom operator Scotty, “he was so completely stunted I don’t even think he knew his attractions were of a gay nature”. Yet in this scene with Mark Wahlberg in the role of porn star Dirk Diggler, they come gushing to the fore in exquisitely cringe-inducing style:
I put these out of sync chronologically purely so we could end on the sheer delight of the following clip, from Joel Schumacher’s “Flawless”. Almost every line of Hoffman’s in this scene is quotable, but to do so would deny you the pleasure of watching him deliver his big speech with infectious relish. We are not exactly short of reasons to be grateful for Philip Seymour Hoffman. But I guess we also have the Republican Party to thank for this: